Sonia Manzano’s former “Sesame Street” puppet costars will soon be part of two new museum exhibits, honoring the work of the late Jim Henson.
One of the world’s most famous puppeteers, Henson helped to create new innovations in the art of puppetry. Best known for being the creative force behind the Muppets, his body of work also includes such television shows as “Sesame Street” and “Fraggle Rock” as well as movies like “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth.”
Slated to open in mid November, the Center for Puppetry Arts’ new The Worlds of Puppetry Museum in Atlanta, Georgia will feature a wide array of Henson’s puppets and artifacts including “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Bert, Ernie and Cookie Monster. Other Henson creations scheduled to appear in the exhibit include the former Muppet couple, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, as well as Red and Mokey Fraggle and Fozzie Bear.
“Great museums are characterized by their ability to continually educate, inspire and evolve,” Vincent Anthony, Center for Puppetry Arts founding Executive Director, said. “Our team has been preparing for this day for many years, and we are thankful for the generous contributions from the Jim Henson family, our benevolent donors, generous members and the support of our community.”
Also planning to open this year is The Jim Henson Exhibition and Gallery in The Museum of Moving Images in Astoria, New York. Like the exhibit in Georgia, the Henson family has donated items to be featured in the exhibit including costumes and production design materials as well as (of course) puppets. “Sesame Street’s” Elmo, Bert, Ernie and Count von Count will be part of the exhibition as well as “Fraggle Rock’s” Gobo Fraggle and Muppets Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Statler, Waldorf and the Swedish Chef. In addition, the museum will host educational programs and family workshops as well as a traveling version of the exhibit scheduled to launch in 2016.
“It’s only fitting that this extraordinary collection of puppets, costumes, props and more should find a home in New York where imagination and free expression are part of the fabric of our city,” former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, adding that “anyone who’s watched an episode of ‘Sesame Street’ sees the inspiration provided by the vibrant neighborhoods and characters that make our city so extraordinary."
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